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1 Flowers that fly Plant more nectar and host plants too, and flowers that fly will come to you Is that a dream? It’s not impossible, as it may seem!

2 Flowers that fly Nectar Plants Some plants provide more nectar for birds, bees and butterflies than others. Plant a wide range of flowering plants including bottlebrush (Callistemon species) and poinsettia (Euphorbia pulcherrima). Overwintering butterflies need flowers in winter. Some plants provide more nectar for birds, bees and butterflies than others. Plant a wide range of flowering plants including bottlebrush (Callistemon species) and poinsettia (Euphorbia pulcherrima). Overwintering butterflies need flowers in winter.

3 Flowers that fly 90mm wingspan To encourage the Monarch (Danaus plexippus), use plants in the Asclepiadoideae subfamily Swan Plant is the best known  Gomphocarpus spp.  Asclepias spp.  Gomphocarpus spp.  Asclepias spp.

4 Flowers that fly When the seedpods burst open, the seeds are scattered on kapok like-parachutes. It is known for its swan-like shaped seedpods. The Swan plant is a welcome addition to your garden. 90mm wingspan

5 Flowers that fly 55mm wingspan New Zealanders say they are seeing less Admirals each year. Once common all over the country, are we to lose our Admirals? Gone forever? are we to lose our Admirals? Gone forever?

6 Flowers that fly 55mm wingspan The Red Admiral, (Vanessa gonerilla gonerilla) (Kahukura) is endemic to our country (found only here). UK lepidopterist Nigel Venters says NZ’s Red Admiral is the most beautiful in the world.

7 Flowers that fly 50mm wingspan The Yellow Admiral (Vanessa itea) (Kahukowhai) we share with Australia. Stinging nettles (Urtica species) feed Admiral larvae. When we remove stinging nettle from our garden, we lose this beautiful insect.

8 Flowers that fly 50mm wingspan With nettle planted in a remote corner of your garden, the Admiral can breed, and the butterflies will soon be visiting.

9 Flowers that fly mm wingspan Copper & Boulder (Lycaena species) breed on Muehlenbeckia in many parts of NZ. Muehlenbeckia is a native plant ─ and a perfect addition to your native plantings ─ especially M. complexa. Zigzag branches form a compact, springy plant, especially suited to coastal sites. Boulder Rauparaha’s Copper Common Copper Glade Copper

10 Flowers that fly mm wingspan The Blues (Zizina spp.) Some breed on the native broom, others breed on clover, medicks and trefoils… … a good reason not to mow the lawns too short! Common Blue Southern Blue Long Tailed Blue Lampides boeticus Long Tailed Blue Lampides boeticus

11 Flowers that fly Tussock butterflies (Argyrophenga spp.) If you have a mountain garden, plant tussocks (Chionochloa spp.) and encourage these striking butterflies 40-45mm wingspan Common Tussock Nelson Tussock Eastern Tussock

12 Flowers that fly 45mm wingspan Moths are important… …can be colourful too Pollinating plants… …or controlling them for you

13 Flowers that fly 30mm wingspan Bright Cinnabar Moths and Magpies, they say, lay their eggs on Ragwort, keep that pest at bay!


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